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Montreal - Take Two

Gepostet am 17. August 2015 um 8:00 Comments Kommentare (0)

We left Toronto on Sunday to travel back to Montreal, arriving early evening.  We checked in to a charming bed and breakfast before heading for the old town, very European in feel but also very touristy. 

Toronto - Baseball and a Wedding

Gepostet am 17. August 2015 um 7:45 Comments Kommentare (0)

On reaching our Toronto accommodation we were pleased to see the swimming pool and almost immediately plunged ourselves in.  We had a few hours' break before heading in to the city to meet up with the groom and his friends for a north American experience everyone should witness at least once in their lives.  Baseball - a dull game but the locals love it, or at least all that goes with it, including a "foot long, fully loaded" hot dog, beer, baseball caps, gloves.......  The gam...

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Operation Lobster

Gepostet am 7. August 2015 um 10:00 Comments Kommentare (0)

Left the lovely seaside town of Falmouth on Cape Cod and set off for Maine via Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. Plymouth Rock is the place where English pilgrims landed in America on board the Mayflower in 1620. A replica of the Mayflower - the Mayflower II - was in harbour and it looked very small and fragile for such an ocean-going vessel. Still, the pilgrims made it and from 1620 onwards the European invasion of the America started in earnest.

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Extremes of Service

Gepostet am 3. August 2015 um 18:40 Comments Kommentare (0)

Day Two of our holiday was a day of extremes. After a trip up the new World Trade Centre, we went to a very fancy restaurant in Trump Towers and were treated to a fine meal with excellent service. The staff were very attentive and the model of courtesy. Soon afterwards we went to a bike hire shop near Colombus Circle and were "served" by an extremely rude individual who insisted on eating a kebab while doing the administration of the bike hire. If being charmless and uncouth were rewarded in ...

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The Chardonnay Run

Gepostet am 2. August 2015 um 5:30 Comments Kommentare (0)

I'm pleased to report that, despite jet lag and a major lack of sleep I managed to run the 5k in under 30 minutes.

Getting in to The US

Gepostet am 2. August 2015 um 5:15 Comments Kommentare (0)

It took us longer to get cleared through passport control at JFK than the flight from Munich to Madrid.  Three hours from getting off the plane to getting out of the airport.  If anyone can tell me why the Americans need the fingerprints (both hands) and a photo of every non-US citizen visiting their country,  and that every time they arrive, please let me know.

We took a cab from JFK to our apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.  Unfortunately, unlike London cabbies, the ...

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Skyline & Stateside

Gepostet am 26. Juli 2015 um 22:00 Comments Kommentare (0)

Smith & Jones are heading to North America! A wedding in Toronto has proven to be a great excuse to do a trip we have thought about many times but never had the time or money to realise.

Over the past 6 months we've booked pretty much everything including flights, cars, trains, ferries, accommodation, Broadway tickets and much, much more.

The itinerary:

  • 3 days Bedford-Stuyvestant, Brooklyn, NYC
  • 3 days Falmouth, Cape Cod
  • 3 d...
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